Touted Toques Featured in Queen Mary 2′s 2005 Chefs at Sea Program

Cunard Ocean Liner Continues Partnership With Gourmet Magazine, Featuring Renowned Culinary Talent on Transatlantic Crossings

VALENCIA, Calif., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ — Continuing its innovative “Chefs at Sea” program in an exclusive partnership with Gourmet Magazine, Queen Mary 2 will host some of the nation’s most award-winning culinary talents on selected 2005 transatlantic crossings. Launched in the ship’s inaugural year of 2004 to rave reviews, the second year’s line-up of star-studded chefs will attract food aficionados from both sides of the Atlantic.

Kicking off the first of six visiting chef appearances and sailing on April 16 is famed Chef Ed Brown of Manhattan’s Sea Grill, where his impressive talent for seafood has brought him significant and popular acclaim. Sailing on the following week’s April 22 Crossing, Los Angeles Chef Govind Armstrong of in-demand Table 8, will share his culinary secrets of success. The April 28 voyage will feature South Florida sensation Carey Savona, executive chef of Lucca at the Boca Raton Resort & Spa, making headlines with his new Tuscan cuisine.

Fall transatlantic season will see the arrival of Executive Chef Jim Botsacos of Molyvos on October 8, considered the most accomplished creator of Greek cuisine in New York. Another Los Angeles icon, Suzanne Goin of A.O.C. and Lucques, will delight guests with her innovative culinary creations on the October 20 sailing. And on October 26, Chef Geoffrey Zakarian of famed Town Restaurant in New York, will demonstrate why he is one of the industry’s most celebrated talents.

Due to very popular demand, Cunard Line increased Queen Mary 2′s number of transatlantic crossings from 13 in 2004 to 26 in 2005. Prices for April transatlantic voyages featuring the Gourmet “Chefs at Sea” program start from $999 for a standard inside stateroom; and up to $23,949 for the unabashed luxury of a 2,249 sq. ft. Grand Duplex apartment. Prices for the October “Chefs at Sea” transatlantic sailings start from $1,249 – up to $24,449.

Offering a truly interactive encounter in the ship’s unique Chef’s Galley — a custom-built demonstration kitchen — allows guests the opportunity to view first-hand how these cooking masters make their magic, culminating in a three-course meal served at the conclusion of the demonstration. In addition, the chefs will demonstrate their culinary creativity to a larger audience in Illuminations, the ship’s planetarium which doubles as a theater. Queen Mary 2′s own seasoned culinary staff will also offer Chef’s Galley dinner demonstrations throughout transatlantic season.

“As the only ocean liner providing regularly scheduled transatlantic service, Queen Mary 2 affords guests the luxury of time to enjoy such passions as the art of cooking and fine cuisine,” says David Gevanthor, vice president of marketing for Cunard Line. “We are delighted to offer our guests an up-close experience with some of the most touted chefs in the world.”

Queen Mary 2 is the largest (151,400 tons), longest (1,132 feet), tallest (236 feet), widest (135 feet) and most expensive ($800 million) passenger vessel ever built. There are 1,310 suites and staterooms available in degrees of style and comfort ranging from pampered elegance to almost unimaginable luxury.

For more information about Cunard or Queen Mary 2, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to www.cunard.com.

Cunard Line has operated the most famous ocean liners in the world since 1840. Cunard vessels have a classic British heritage and include the legendary Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2. Queen Victoria joins the fleet in 2007. Cunard Line is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Windstar Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together they offer exciting cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable locations.

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